It may just be a pre-season tournament but Tottenham Hotspur have now lifted the Audi Cup, which represents great preparation for the new Premier League season.
Pochettino again rotated his squad dramatically throughout the match, using over 20 different players, with Spurs eventually beating Bayern Munich in the final on penalties.
Let’s take a look at five of the standout players for Spurs:
Danny Rose –
Back in for his second start in a row, it was a no-nonsense performance from the England left-back. He threw himself into a number of crunching challenges and slide tackles in the first 45, with few actually able to run past the strong and agile defender. Still absolute class and Spurs would be silly to sell him in my opinion.
Moussa Sissoko –
For some reason, the Frenchman was made to play around 80 minutes and had a little injury scare at the end of the match. I think he was pushed a little too hard today but boy did he do well. He looked back to his powerful and driving self today with some amazing runs forward and committed defending.
Erik Lamela –
Another good goal from the Argentine and another hard-working performance to go with it. He is really putting his name in the hat for a starting spot come the Aston Villa match. With Eriksen’s future up in the air, Poch needed someone to step up and Lamela is doing just that. Fingers crossed he had an injury-free season.
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou –
I didn’t think I would be including his name in this list when he was named in the starting lineup earlier. Nkoudou looked far more confident in a Spurs shirt today and came up with arguably the best moment of the match. After he flicked the ball first time over his defender, Nkoudou raced to the byline and put in a delicious cross for a Lamela tap in. Could he be granted a second chance?
Japhet Tanganga –
Another game, another Tanganga mention. This kid seems unable to put a foot wrong in defence, and his penalty in the shootout wasn’t too shabby either. I would love to see the 20-year-old stick around at Spurs and act as a fourth choice centre-back this season.
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